MANCHESTER, N.H. – April 29, 2012 – Police say a former Miss New Hampshire USA faces
a simple assault charge stemming from a confrontation with her boyfriend. Police say
Sunday that 26-year-old Nicole Houde (hud) was arrested Wednesday. Authorities say
the Manchester beauty queen punched, kicked, scratched and bit 33-year-old Scott Nick-
erson, also of Manchester. Police say the two were arguing and Nickerson took Houde’s
cellphone, prompting the physical confrontation. Houde was the 2010 Miss New Hamp-
shire USA. Miss New Hampshire USA and Miss Teen New Hampshire USA are distinct from
Miss New Hampshire and Miss America pageants.